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Smallsword

Date:
ca. 1750–60
Culture:
German or Dutch
Medium:
Gold, steel
Dimensions:
L. 36 3/8 in. (92.5 cm); L. of blade 30 3/4 in. (78.2 cm); W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); D. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 0.4 oz. (464.9 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Peter Finer, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.525
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
The spirally channeled surfaces and elegant foliate finials on the guards typify the flamboyant Rococo style. The small proportions suggest the sword was made for a young man. Although not hallmarked, this exquisitely detailed gold hilt is probably of either German or Dutch manufacture.
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